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The Big Hurt: Critic proof

The wacky world of Allstar Weekend
One of the perks of being a credible music journalist for a major weekly is that record labels are always sending you free promo CDs, hoping you'll find the time to shine the light of your critical expertise upon them (and liberally quote the press kit).
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 13, 2010


The Big Hurt: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson's snakes 'n' gators

Plus El DeBarge's year, Chris Brown's tears, and Justin Bieber's heart
"2010 could end up being the year of EL DEBARGE ," says Wait! I know I make shit up all the time, but they actually said that.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 07, 2010


Billboard's Rap Songs chart

The Big Hurt: Who charted?
In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
By: DAVID THORPE  |  July 05, 2010


The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age

Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 22, 2010


Coming soon, unfortunately

Music you don't want
Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 15, 2010


The Big Hurt: The M.I.A. kertruffle

Plus Gallagher goes begging, Bieber gets erased, Abdul loses time
In an interview with Nylon magazine, M.I.A. offered a shocking revelation about the Web sites we use every day: "Google and Facebook were developed by the CIA, and when you're on there, you have to know that."
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 10, 2010


The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

Who charted?
If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  June 01, 2010


The Big Hurt: Reed goes to the dogs

Plus Weezy debudded, Ant derided, Michaels bandanna’d
More evidence of the sickening barbarity of America’s penal institutions: Lil Wayne is being hassled because officers found headphones and the charger for an MP3 player in his cell.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  May 25, 2010


The Big Hurt: Shill crazy

The week in corporate sponsorships
You know, I might stop following real music journalism altogether. Press releases are so much better. Just when I start thinking it’s a slow week in silly pop news, I check the PR wire — a/k/a the bottom of the barrel — and dig up two of the greatest items I’ve ever seen .
By: DAVID THORPE  |  May 21, 2010


The Big Hurt: A big country lesbian pissing match

Music news in brief
Reports began to surface recently that a major country star was set to come out of the closet in People magazine. I had high hopes for Chris Gaines, but no such luck.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  May 17, 2010


The Big Hurt: Red scare

M.I.A.’s ultraviolent new video misses the target
If you’re a dedicated follower of pop, you’ve no doubt heard about M.I.A.’s shocking new video for “Born Free,” the lead single from her upcoming album.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  May 04, 2010


The Big Hurt: The week in death

 RIP Chilton, Guru, and editorial tact
Back in January, I predicted that, because of medical advances and the prospect of universal health care, no musicians would die in this decade. Unfortunately, it hasn’t turned out that way.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 27, 2010


The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart

Who Charted?
We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 26, 2010


The Big Hurt: ICP take on magnets

Plus Slash loves Axl and Dre does Freddie
Would that I could simply post the entire lyric to “Miracles” by INSANE CLOWN POSSE and call it an article.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 13, 2010


The Big Hurt: Say anything

The week in YouTube comments
It’s almost impossible to read a single page of YouTube comments without being confronted by society’s ugliest afflictions: ignorance, pointless fights, horrifying racism, and unfair criticism of Justin Bieber’s haircut.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  April 12, 2010


The Big Hurt: Bieber fever

Plus U2’s purported fans, and Keane hits the green
Of the 45 headlines on’s music-news section, nine are about JUSTIN BIEBER . That’s precisely 20 percent.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 30, 2010


The Big Hurt: What would Jesus download?

Who charted? Billboard's Top Christian Songs edition
True, I may be the wrong guy to review the top tracks on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. I’m not religious, so songs about Jesus mean about as much to me as songs about Popeye.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 23, 2010


The Big Hurt: Now hiring

Music news in brief
If you're a musician looking to break into the big leagues, now's your chance.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 16, 2010


The Big Hurt: Clench and release(1)

The week in awful press releases
Press-release time again!
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 09, 2010


The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!

Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  March 02, 2010


The Big Hurt: Leisurely stroll through Billboard’s ‘Heatseekers’

Who charted?
A year into this whole "Who Charted" thing and I'm finally getting to the most exciting stuff.
By: DAVID THORPE  |  February 23, 2010

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